TUESDAY 2/13 – first of “Relationship Matters” series.
“We Need To Talk”  is the first of 4 classes in a Torah-Tuesday series approved by JewishU (for those who want to join that) on relationship matters. Students can most certainly attend without JewishU signup, and unlike JewishU’s requirement criteria you don’t have to pre-register, be approved or have to come for all the classes. One, any or all is very fine from a Shabbos House perspective. But if approved for JewishU it offers some perks and unique opportunities if you wish to sign up, its required prior to each set of classes that begin. Either way, we’d love for to join any Torah-Tuesdays you can!

MONDAY 2/19: NOVA FESTIVAL OCT 7TH SURVIVOR
We’re having an American-Israeli survivor of the Hamas massacre at the Nova Music Festival come speak here on Monday night of Presidents Day. It should be a meaningful presentation and important to hear. More details on that soon.

TUESDAY 2/20: “UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS”
6pm and 9pm both with dairy dinner. True, a negative angle, but lots to learn on how to enjoy meaningful, productive, healthy relationships. You can submit anonymous or private question or comments prior to the Torah Tuesday using this Torah Tuesday Submission Form

SHABBAT FEB 23-24: Quite the interesting mix in the works for this Shabbat!

THE DESSERT BAKE-OFF – AND YOUR VOTE!
We have 7 recipes in this year’s Dessert Bake-Off! You get to taste and vote for your favorite(s) at the end of Shabbat dinner. Get out the vote! Exercise your civic duty! be sure to sample from all 7 desserts and vote your conscience, your taste buds or your gut! Looks like a nice amount of chocolate, and a few of the recipes may have commonality – but no two alike. Come hungry and with a discerning palate! Of course, we’ll have a regular Shabbat dinner as well – 7pm at Shabbos House.

“THE TATTOO RABBI”
This is a first for us! Our students met Dovid B. at a Chabad on Campus Pegisha and invited him back up to speak here at UAlbany. Permanent tattoos aren’t that Kosher, but it seems that’s precisely part of his story and unique life message: how we deal with our past, how we get past externals, how we identify at our core. He’ll be doing a short piece during the Friday Night meal, you can stay on a bit or a while to farbreng and share informally after the desserts. He will speak again at Shabbat Lunch. He has a bunch of meaningful topics our students chose from.

He’s also into martial arts, and has a message about Physical Learning. He’ll be leading a Self-Defense Seminar on Sat Night after Shabbat before Havdalah and Pizza.

Now for the detailed schedule:

FRIDAY 2/23:
Shabbat candle-lighting at 5:19pm. Prayers 6:15pm. Shabbat Dinner 7pm (with the “Tattoo Rabbi”) followed by Dessert Bake-Off, Tasting and Voting. We’ll also have a post-dinner informal Oneg/Farbrengen for who want to stay on afterwards for a bit more inspiration and such.

SHABBAT DAY 2/24:
10:30am Minyan, Shabbat Lunch 12:30pm. Shabbat ends 6:20pm. Self-Defense Seminar with “Tattoo Rabbi” starts 7pm, Pizza and Havdalah at 8pm. (No Matt’s Media Message this week as he travels home for his grandfather’s funeral. Our condolences, may his memory be a blessing).

On Shabbat Day, we’re also looking forward to welcoming back Dr. Victor Levy (a GI doc, if we remember correctly), who has worked in Albany before and prayed with us maybe a dozen years ago. Interesting tidbit, he’s of Greek Jewish lineage (not the fraternity type) aka Romaniote Jews.

SUNDAY 2/25:
Minyan Bagel Brunch 11am.

MONDAY 2/26: 
KOF Dinners by-swipe, Mon-Wed-Thurs at Shabbos House.

TUESDAY 2/27:
“Secrets of Jewish Intimacy Part I” this class is about relationship harmony and given jointly by Mendel and Raizy. It’s part 3 of a 4-part series on Relationships.

A WORD ABOUT  “THE SMALL PURIM”
This year is a Jewish leap-year which adds not one day but a whole month usually every 3 years or so. This year we have 2 months of Adar (a joyous month) instead of one month. The real Purim holiday is in the second month of Adar, closer to Passover. What about the would-be Purim date in the first Adar? That’s known as “Purim-Katan” (the small or minor Purim). There are no religious observances or specific requirements for this day other than that we make efforts to increase in joy. Be happier! (Desserts can being joy, right?)

Purim Katan this year is Thursday Night 2/22 into Friday 2/23.

BTW, the real Purim falls on Sat Night into Sunday, at the end of Spring Break. Classes resume that Monday. We figure most will be away Sat Night of Purim, but most should be coming back by Sunday night, so we’ll have a lively festive Purim meal here to welcome you back from Spring Break. Stay tuned.

SAVE THIS REGIONAL PEGISHA DATE:
Usually once every 4 years we host a regional Chabad on Campus Pegisha Shabbaton here for upstate and nearby campuses. We did it in 2014, 2017, 2020 (just before Covid) and last year in 2023. This year Rockland Community College will be the hosts, and its scheduled for April 5-6. More info upcoming.

Good Shabbos and looking forward!
Love,
Mendel and Raizy

 

SHABBOS HOUSE 
Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center
Rabbi Mendel & Raizy Rubin, Directors
320 Fuller Road Albany NY 12203
(518) 438-4227 mail@shabboshouse.com
Mendel: 518-526-0770 Raizy: 518-772-7299

 

Many thanks to all students engaged and involved in Jewish campus life, which is a tremendous antidote and response to whatever negativity and darkness out there. You (and we all together) make a huge difference, generating much positive energy and light! Completing the Circle!

Enjoy the unusually pleasant rare February weather while it lasts. Supposedly it will be turning much colder this coming week, possibly even some snow!

Good Shabbos, looking forward to celebrating together.

Love,
Mendel and Raizy

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SHABBOS HOUSE 

Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center
Rabbi Mendel & Raizy Rubin, Directors
320 Fuller Road Albany NY 12203
(518) 438-4227 mail@shabboshouse.com
Mendel: 518-526-0770 Raizy: 518-772-7299